Outdated Scaffold Law Needs Reform

In today’s Jamestown Post-Journal, Brad Walters, President of the Southern Tier Builders Association, writes in support of reforming New York’s Scaffold Law.

The truth about New York’s Scaffold Law is irrefutable and Cornell University agrees. A recent study done by Cornell University uncovers the ugly truth about New York’s antiquated Section 240 of the Labor Law, more commonly known as the Scaffold Law. The law was created in 1885 and has remained unchanged over the years in spite of greatly improved materials, methods, safety procedures and equipment. The law was put into effect in the days when contractors used wooden scaffolding to build high rise buildings in New York City. Today no other state in the country has such a law. In fact, the Cornell study suggests there is no other law like this on this planet.

Read the full letter here

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